In the Koovallei, on some farms, producers didn’t mind postponing the start to the Forelle harvest last Monday due to soft rain, but that very night hail, accompanied by particularly heavy thunder, reduced the fruit in some blocks of Forelle and red apples to juice quality. Elsewhere in this late plum area, entire harvests were taken out by hail that night.
Frost made an appearance in the Polish apple orchards south of Warsaw last night. Gradsystem, a company selling hailnets to the Polish growers, posted the following photos on social media. Growers don't expect that last night's frost will have caused much damage to the fruit, and tonight lower temperatures are expected. Growers in Poland said that the frost was very regional and in general, the weather is as it should be for the time of year. The most dangerous time for frost is towards the end of October.
Apple production will be down this year from the average number of apples produced but there is in no way a shortage, according to New York Apple Association President. The average production of apples in New York state is 29 million bushels per year, as measured over a five-year period. Last year, apple production was above average and yielded slightly more than 30 million bushels of apples.
New Zealand almost doubled its apple exports to India last season while it gained access to the Australian market in August. Outgoing Pipfruit New Zealand CEO says both these destination markets are set to grow in 2012, but his country’s production is likely to be down. He tells that all Southern Hemisphere growers will need to be careful about how they send volumes to Europe when exports kicks off in February, with the market posing challenges.
Thanks in large part to the California almond industry, pollination fees for Northwest honeybee hives continued to climb at a good clip in 2008. According to Oregon State University's Pacific Northwest honeybee Pollination Economics Survey, the average rental rate for a colony of bees in Oregon and Washington in 2008 was $81.15, up almost 15 percent from the year before. In the last 10 years, average rates have jumped a little over 250 percent. During the last 19 years, average pollination fees have increased by 440 percent.
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